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Hawaii lawmakers look to deter, recover salary overpayments

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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials are working to reclaim balances on nearly $1.4 million in salary overpayments mistakenly made to public employees as far back as the 1990s.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the outstanding balance across state departments was about $394,700 as of Dec. 31 after amounts recovered through installment payments and amounts referred to the Attorney General for collection are deducted.

The Department of Accounting and General Services, which administers the state's payroll, says monthly balances in 2017 ranged from a low of $387,542 in November to a high of $613,883 in March.

State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim says those balances are too high and introduced legislation aimed at motivating state departments to more aggressively recover balances owed and deter salary overpayments in the first place.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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